Social Science Secondary Teaching

The social science secondary teaching major equips prospective teachers with a profound knowledge about history and social sciences and an understanding of contemporary approaches to teaching them. The program is interdisciplinary in approach, global and multi-cultural in perspective, and informed by a Christian worldview.

Unique Features

This degree offers a unique combination of courses in economics, geography, history, political science, religion and sociology. Special attention is given to the importance of both religious and secular ideas throughout history, and how to teach the social sciences from a value-oriented perspective.

Our Graduates

The social science secondary teaching major is designed for students seeking a career as a junior or senior high school social science teacher. Upon completion of the major, graduates are prepared to take the CSET examination in social science, proficiently meet the instructional goals of the California history-social science framework, and provide faithful and wise service to society reflective of the values expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea.

Courses

General Education or Other Prerequisites

  • ECON-105 Principles of Economics (4)
  • GEOG-220 Cultural Geography (3)
  • HIST-120 Ancient Civilizations (4)
  • HIST-130 Medieval & Early Modern Civilizations (4)
  • HIST-140 Modern Civilizations (4)
  • HIST-150 American Civilization (4)
  • PHIL-100 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
  • PS-120 American Politics & Society (4)

Required Courses (11 Courses, 37-42 Units)

The Ancient, Medieval & Early Modern World

Choose one or more of the following if HIST 120 & 130 were taken at FPU; choose two or more of the following if HIST 120 & 130 were not:

  • HIST-360 Greece: Drama & Paideia in the Polis (4)
  • HIST-365 Rome: Politics, Pagans & Patristics (4)
  • HIST-367 The Ancient Near East (3)
  • HIST-370 Medieval Life, Thought & Literature (4)
  • HIST-375 Renaissance & English Literature (4)
  • HIST-380 Reformation History & Theology (4)
  • HIST-385 Early Modern Europe (4)
  • HIST-410 Latin American History & Religious Thought (4)
  • HIST-412 History of Mexico (3)

The Modern World

  • PS-400 World Politics & Society (4)

Choose two or more of the following (but none chosen above) if HIST 140 was taken at FPU; choose three or more of the following if HIST 140 was not:

  • HIST-395 Modern Europe (4)
  • HIST-400 Modern Africa: History, Politics & Culture (3)
  • HIST-406 Modern Asia: History, Politics & Culture (3)
  • HIST-410 Latin American History & Religious Thought (4)
  • HIST-412 History of Mexico (3)
  • HIST-418 Modern Middle East: History, Politics & Culture (3)
  • PS-420 International Politics & Organizations (3)

The United States of America

  • HIST-425 Twentieth Century America (4)
  • HIST-440 California History & Politics (4)
  • PS-430 America in a Global Community (4)

Choose one or more of the following:

  • HIST-350 American Religious History (3)
  • PS-390 Religion & Politics in America (3)

Choose one or more of the following:

  • HIST 420 American Ethnicity & Pluralism (3)
  • PS-380 Social Problems & Public Policy (4)

Economics

Choose one or more of the following:

  • ECON-390 Global Economics & Sustainable Development (3)
  • INTB-370 International Business (3)

History

Choose one or more of the following:

  • HIST-435 American Intellectual History (4)
  • HIST-450 History of Political Theory & Ideas (3)
  • HIST-460 Philosophy of History (3)

*American Studies Program (15-16 units)

The American Studies Program (CCCU) in Washington, D.C., may be taken in place of PS-390. If the Public Policy Track is taken, it replaces PS-380. If the Global Development Track is taken, it replaces ECON-390.

Additional Requirements for Teacher Education Candidates

To Enter a Teacher Education Program

Students must meet the following requirements in addition to the specific course requirements outlined above to enter a teacher education program and become credentialed to teach in a California public school:

  1. Complete LA-385 Critical Approaches to Teaching with a grade of C or better.
  2. Pass the CSET Examination to demonstrate the subject matter competence required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to be a teacher.

To Enter the Fresno Pacific University Teacher Education Program

Students must meet the following requirements to enter the teacher education program at FPU:

  1. Earn a 2.75 overall grade-point average in their college coursework.
  2. Earn a 3.0 grade-point average in the secondary teaching emphasis of their major.

To Complete the Fresno Pacific University Teacher Education Program

Students must complete the following courses (with a grade of C or better) in order to complete the teacher education program at FPU and receive a teaching credential. Students are advised, but not required, to take these courses as undergraduates.

  • LANG-340 Introduction to Linguistics (3) 
  • PS-120 American Politics and Society (4) 
  • or HIST-150 American Civilization (4)
  • PSY-355 Adolescent Development (3)

It is recommended that students complete one of the following courses, as well:

  • HIST-420 American Ethnicity and Pluralism (3) 
  • SOC-310 Cultural Communities of California (3) 

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